Storm Emma set to collide with Siberian weather this week

Elias Hubbard
March 2, 2018

Siberian weather system making its way across Europe hit the British Isles particularly hard on Thursday, bringing heavy snow, high winds and below-freezing temperatures to areas ill equipped to handle them.

Meanwhile down south a red weather warning has been put in place for the South of England and Wales between this evening and tomorrow morning around 2am. That will give way to freezing rain in places, coating roads and sidewalks with ice and making conditions even more risky for travel.

The weather front comes as the United Kingdom reels from the effects of the Beast from the East and just hours after a red alert for Scotland ended at 10am.

Four people are believed to have died in road crashes directly linked to the severe weather conditions across Britain.

The cold spell, dubbed the "the Beast from the East", has been caused by a jump in temperatures high over the Arctic which has weakened the jet stream that brings warm air in from the Atlantic to Ireland and Britain. "Gale-force winds and super-cooled freezing rain could turn parts of the United Kingdom into an ice rink by the weekend", said Sara Thornton, director of digital weather service Weathertrending.

Met Eireann's red weather warning follows heavy overnight snow resulting in up to 16cm accumulations, with the national forecaster predicting snowfall may reach 25cm by midday Thursday.

The snow has forced the closure of hundreds of schools across the United Kingdom, after overnight temperatures dropped to nearly -12 degrees Celsius in some areas. "Communities have been cut off and roads have been blocked".

There are fears that one of this winter's longest big freezes in the United Kingdom could result in the highest death toll for 20 years.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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